I almost just can't anymore with this show. I'm starting to dread watching it and of the first five episodes, the one with Ezekiel and Carol was the only one I enjoyed, followed by the Daryl-centric one that I didn't enjoy but didn't find tedious and/or horrible. This one, "Go-Getters," is tedious. There is interminable talking. So much talking. Just going let you know that up front.
We're spending most of this week up at Hilltop, where Maggie and Sasha have come for Maggie's medical care. (She's fine, by the way, just needs to stay off her feet for a while.) They have also brought Glen and Abraham's bodies with them to Hilltop (why? why didn't the main group take them back to Alexandria? Could Maggie and Sasha just not bear to say goodbye?) and buried them within the walls. This proves to be a problem for Gregory, Hilltop's cowardly, sneering, weaselly leader. He's all, we burn our dead, not bury them! Plus, you have to leave because if Negan finds out that we're harboring you, it's bad news for everyone. Jesus promises Maggie and Sasha that they can stay.
For a brief interlude back at Alexandria, Rick and Aaron head out on a scavenging run because the pressure is on to provide for Negan. Both Michonne and Carl are at best ambivalent about the new state of things. Michonne stalks out into the woods, telling Carl she needs to work through some shit. Carl practices throwing darts and his aim is SHIT now because he only has one eye. Heh. Also, Enid decides she's going to walk to Hilltop to see how Maggie is doing. Carl tries to talk her out of it but over the wall she goes.
Back at Hilltop, everyone is awoken in the middle of the night by a ruckus: apparently Hilltop doesn't post nighttime sentries because the Saviors have (1) opened the town's gates, (2) lit a bunch of bonfires and (3) brought in a car blasting music which (4) attracts all sorts of walkers. Seriously, Hilltop? No one is keeping watch? Maggie and Sasha have been locked into their trailer for some reason (?) but climb out through a vent at the top. The rest of the Hilltopians are COMPLETELY USELESS, even after Maggie shouts at them to get the gates closed. So while Sasha and Jesus singlehandedly (doublehandedly) take down every single zombie - and there's a lot, so it's pretty badass - Maggie finds herself a tractor and runs over the music-blasting car until it is crunched into pieces and thus no longer blasting music. They get the gates closed and everybody goes back to bed.
Carl takes a car and finds Enid (wrecking the car in the process, which seems wasteful) and accompanies her to Hilltop. Along the way, they find rollerskates and skate together for a while, holdings hands. It's cute, I guess, and shows that underneath it all they're still kids but it seems like an incredibly bad idea. I mean, can you imagine fighting walkers on rollerskates?
In the morning, Simon, a Negan-surrogate, shows up at Hilltop with a small army. Simon badgers Gregory for a while before sending the Saviors out to collect half of Hilltop's stuff. Gregory, who is definitely a coward with a sense of self preservation, tries to curry favor with Simon by turning Maggie and Sasha over to him. But Jesus has stashed them away in a different closet than Gregory thought, and all Gregory ends up doing is handing over his entire stash of scotch.
Outside the walls, Enid tells Carl that she knows he's out to kill Negan. She thinks he shouldn't do it, not because that crazy asshole doesn't deserve it but because she's worried about how it might change him. And they even smooch. But he's not backing down so she sneaks into Hilltop and finds Maggie and Sasha and they all have grilled cheese and tomato soup together.
After the Saviors head out to load their trucks with their collected booty, Gregory and Jesus have words of sorts, Gregory insisting that Maggie and Sasha must go. Jesus puts his foot down and Gregory's all, you know, if you want to be in charge you can, but you have to stick around and stop wandering outside the walls. Jesus is all, no, I don't want to be in charge but these two are staying. Gregory gives up and walks away. Maggie and Sasha are all, that dude should not be in charge. Jesus is like, I'm pretty sure I know who should be (with a knowing look at Maggie). When Maggie heads off to rest, Sasha asks Jesus if he can find out where exactly Negan lives. Seems like she's got the same idea as Carl.
So when the Savior trucks roll out, Jesus hops into the back of the one designated for Negan. He helps himself to some of that scotch before starting to pour it out the back of the truck. He is only slightly surprised when Carl pokes his head out from behind some boxes: "Hey."
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